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Time to crank ’em up: The Bud Shootout is Saturday night

No doubt about it, there is a mystique about racing at Daytona. Maybe it’s the image of sun and beaches while we shiver through the cold and snow of winter. Maybe it’s the image of stock cars inches apart at incredible speeds. Maybe it’s the ever-present danger. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing like racing at Daytona and the start of another racing season.

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Joe Gibbs racing celebrates 20 years; points system update

Hard to believe but this year marks the 20th anniversary of Joe Gibbs Racing. Last Thursday the team invited present and former employees for a celebration at the team’s race shop. Former drivers Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte returned for the celebration. Dale Jarrett, unable to attend, sent a video message. Members of the media in town for NASCAR’s annual pre-season tour were invited for a press conference.
Asked by one reporter who gave him the most trouble, his football players or his race car drivers, Joe Gibbs answered with a laugh: “Are you kidding? Both of them are up here.” With that, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, seated side by side on the stage, smiled slyly and bumped fists.

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Ever get the feeling Brian France just doesn’t get it?

Today January 26, 25 days before the season opens, NASCAR Chairman Brian France is expected to announce the new points system for the Sprint Cup Series. He is also expected to announce the latest tweaks to the method of selecting the drivers who will qualify for this year’s “Chase for the Championship.”

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Race fans, start those engines: Preseason thunder at Daytona

Tomorrow begins NASCAR’s three-day test for the Sprint Cup teams at Daytona International Speedway, the first official engine firings of 2011.
Don’t think for a second that it represents the new year’s first official work.
“I don’t ever remember being this busy in my life,” said Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Jeff Gordon. “We are so full speed ahead already.”
Wide-open shops mean wide-open anticipation. Teams participating in the 2011 edition of Pre-Season Thunder at Daytona will use the time to prepare for both the 53rd Daytona 500 on Feb. 20 and the track’s new surface. The test begins tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 20 and runs through Saturday.

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‘Bud Shootout’ kicks off ’11 season for Cup

It’s not the Daytona 500, but it comes to you from Daytona International Speedway. It’s in prime time Saturday night Feb. 12, the weekend before the 500 and features a stellar field of top drivers. Funny how by the time the circuit gets to Homestead in November each year the whole circus has kind of worn out its welcome. It’s time for some football.
Then again just a couple months without racing, another season of being disappointed by the Redskins, and come January you start getting itchy for Speedweeks. Come on, February. The traditional season opener since 1979, The Bud Shootout is a great tease, a non-points race that gives us a sneak peak at the upcoming season. It’s our first look at new team and driver combinations, color schemes on the race cars for the new season and an exciting 75-lap dash for the cash.

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KartWeek at Daytona brings out Cup drivers

The new NASCAR Sprint Cup season hasn’t even started yet and A. J. Allmendinger is already turning competitive laps at Daytona International Speedway.
For the second straight year the Sprint Cup series driver is participating in Daytona KartWeek, which showcases hundreds of karters from across the country in World Karting Association races.
“We’ve had three off weekends now, so I’m bored,” said Allmendinger, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports. “I had to get away from the house. It’s time to go racing. As soon as Christmas is over, it’s time to go racing.”

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